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FAMOUS FLY FISHING is available on several near-by waters (off ranch)- We Are SURROUNDED by great waters, including Jefferson River (HELLS CANYON access to it is at South End of Property; several other access points to the Jefferson are very close to us.)
FishTales Outfitting is committed to offering our guests the highest quality Montana fly fishing experience available. Our experienced guides will row the extra mile to ensure this fishing trip to be one you’ll remember for a lifetime.
We are a fly fishing guide service based in Dillon Montana and offer float and wade fishing on all of the “Blue Ribbon” streams in Southwestern Montana. This partnership has been a long time coming, or at least it seems that way to us.
Come hunt/fish with the most experienced and exclusive outfitting operation. Hunts are all done on Southwest Montana's best Ranches. Montana Bucks and Ducks lease and/or manage the wildlife resources to maximize each properties potential.
For 35 years, Frontier Anglers in Dillon, Montana has been the premier fly shop in Southwest Montana. We are a full service shop and are proud to offer guided fly fishing trips, knowledgeable gear recommendations, helpful fishing tips, and the best customer service available.
If you believe half the whispered stories about Flatline Outfitters, you've got to experience the adventure yourself. Come to the wilds of southwestern Montana, jump in the truck, and head out for some of the best flyfishing you'll ever experience.
Based in Twin Bridges, we are one of the few licensed outfitters on the Big Hole, The Beaverhead, The Madison, The Jefferson, The Missouri and the Ruby Rivers. That's right - there are over three hundred miles of world class Montana fly fishing water right in our backyard.
Fly fish the world class waters of Southwest Montana with Shaun Jeszenka Outfitting. Located in Sheridan, the heart of the Ruby Valley, we offer guided fly fishing float trips on the Beaverhead, Big Hole, Jefferson, Madison and Missouri Rivers.
The Greater Ruby Valley of Montana Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture provides a variety of services to its members and our local communities. Our mission is to advance and improve civic welfare, and to advertise and develop the industries and resources of the Ruby Valley of Madison County, Montana.
There are so many wonderful bamboo fly rod makers around the country these days. Sweetgrass Rods does not presume that anything the company builds will be better than what can be found within this gathering of great craftsmen. What makes Sweetgrass Rods different is the eighty years of collective experience that the team brings to each and every rod built.
Hollow-fluted bamboo. Record-shattering distance casting rods. The early use of materials such as fiberglass and graphite. Pioneering, harnessing and refining the unmatched power and performance of boron/graphite composite. These are just a few examples of how, for over 85 years now, Winston has been responsible for some of the most groundbreaking advances in fly fishing.
Spring & Fall (April & May, September & October): Temperatures range from 30's to 70's with the occasional freak storm or temps in the 20's or 80's.
Summer (June, July, August): Temperatures range from 60's to 90's. Sporadic summer storms may contain rain, hail, or even snow, so be prepared and bring your rain coat.
Silver Star, Montana, and Twin Bridges, Montana, are in the heart of Southwestern MT. Three 'Blue Ribbon' trout rivers come together here, forging the fourth 'Blue Ribbon' trout river in the area… the Beaverhead River, the Big HoleRiver, & the Ruby river meet to form the Jefferson River right in front of the ranch! We are truly at the heart of where Rainbows & Browns challenge you with every strike.
The Jefferson River
The Jefferson joins the Madison and Gallatin at Three Forks to create the Missouri. Less well known than the Madison, the Jefferson offers excellent western freestone fishing in largely uncrowded conditions. Western attractor dry flies like the Wulffs, all around traditional ties like the Adams, Parachute Adams and Light Cahill, large weighted stonefly nymphs, bushy adult stones, and varieties of streamer patterns are in common use along with some of the more imitative type flies. The Humpy is a standard western pattern probably originated by California tyer Jack Horner but popularized by Dan Bailey as the Goofus Bug. Upright divided wings and multiple hackle is combined with a "hump" of hollow hair pulled over the back and tied down to trap air pockets. Humpies are tied in a variety of color schemes with the Yellow, Orange, Royal, and Blonde among the most useful. Grasshoppers become a popular trout food as the late summer moves into early fall on many western trout waters and it is advisable to be well stocked with patterns like this clipped deer hair model in the Dave Whitlock style. The fore and aft hackled Renegade has been a western standard since its origination by Sun Valley Idaho tyer Taylor Williams in the late 1930's.
The cool upper reaches of the Big Hole River hold one of the last populations of Grayling in the lower 48. Near Twin Bridges the Big Hole joins with the Beaverhead to form the Jefferson. The Big Hole's famed salmon fly hatch often occurs during the high water of runoff but working shorelines with a plopping imitation like Al Troth's Mac Salmonfly can bring the river's fish up with a rush. Randall Kaufmann's Stimulator is a popular imitation of the golden stonefly that follows the more famous salmonfly hatch. Angling legend Joe Brooks so favored the old Michigan Hopper for his Montana fishing that it became known as Joe's Hopper. The downwing Trude Coachman, an early Western hairwing pattern, is an effective representative of the Royal Coachman family of attractor flies. Large weighted nymphs like the Yuk Bug, Wooly Worm and Bitch Creek are effective throughout the season due to the healthy population of large stonefly nymphs.
The main stem of the Beaverhead River is a tailwater stream flowing out of Clark Canyon Reservoir before joining the Big Hole near Twin Bridges to create the Jefferson. Swift flows with densely brushed banks make it a boating and casting adventure for the angler. A mixture of dry flies and nymphs is used to entice the sizable population of large rainbow that inhabit it's serpentine bends. the Adams remains the most popular and productive of all trout dry patterns from coast to coast. A creation of Michigan's Leonard Halliday in 1922, the original featured a hackle fiber tail but the western tie popularized by Dan Bailey used moose or elk hair. Like most Montana rivers the Beaverhead has healthy midseason hatches of two of the west's predominate mayflies, the Blue Winged Olive and Pale Morning Dun. These can be matched with a variety of fly styles from the standard to the sidewinder to the comparadun to the emergers with trailing shuck. The August-September emergence of the Cranefly is a legendary annual ritual on the Beaverhead with skittered variants and skater patterns producing explosive strikes. This healthy population of craneflies probably accounts for the productivity of such nymphs as the Girdle Bug and the Prince Numph which seem to approximate the larval form.
The Ruby River is a tributary of the Beaverhead and presents the angler with a smaller version of the main river. It's best early and late in the season due to the off color water that comes out of the upstream reservoir. The Ruby's mid season hatch of light brown mayflies recommends patterns like the Ginger Quill or March Brown. While lacking the large salmon fly the Ruby holds a good population of golden stones and the small yellow stonefly known locally as the Yellow Sally. Caddis flies, in a variety of colors and sizes, are abundant on most of Montana's freestone rivers and offer consistent midseason action. Al Troth's Elk Hair Caddis is one of the most popular all around imitations, a descendent of the original Trude patterns. Nymph fishing is popular and productive on the Ruby with the Hare's Ear and Pheasant Tail among the most versatile.